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John Jardine Gunn

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 3, 2012 @ 5:24 pm In Obituaries | 5 Comments

John Jardine Gunn Lancaster, PA

John Jardine Gunn
John Jardine Gunn, age 97, of Woodcrest Villa died Sunday morning at the Mennonite Home after a brief illness. Born in Calgary, in the province of Alberta, Canada, he was the son of the late William MacKenzie Gunn and the late Amelia Jardine Gunn. He was a graduate of Williston Academy (now The Williston-Northampton School) in 1932, received his undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and later received his master’s degree in public administration from Boston University. Prior to completing his graduate studies, he served in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician in the North African and Italian campaigns of World War II and won several medals of distinction before being honorably discharged in 1945. In 1953, he moved from Massachusetts to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was the Executive Director of the Tuberculosis Society (now the American Lung Association). He later held positions with the Welfare Council and United Way before becoming Administrator of the Mental Health / Mental Retardation Program for Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties in the Northeastern part of the state from which he retired in 1979. A resident of Clark’s Summit, PA, for 37 years, he was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Session. He was also active in the Abington Community Library Association. In 1987, he and his late wife, Jean, moved to the Lancaster area to be closer to family, and here he became active in the First Presbyterian Church serving as a member of the Session. He was also a member of and later elected as president of the Resident Council at Woodcrest Villa where he lived for 18 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Jean Walker Gunn, who passed away in September of 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Janice G. Lorch, wife of Robert K. Lorch of Chicago, Illinois; two grandchildren, Heather L. Lorch of New York City, and Jeffrey K. Lorch of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates; and a niece, Cindy F. Walker, of Alton Bay, New Hampshire. Friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service to be held in Eagle Commons at Woodcrest Villa, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 2:00 PM with Chaplain Miriam Cruz officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund of the Mennonite Home Communities, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Condolences for the family of “John Jardine Gunn”

Condolence from Kathy Heckles on January 4th, 2012 1:55 pm

Dear Jann,

My sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your father. It was a pleasure to see him at Dr. Esbenshade’s office; he always had a story to share about you or the grandchildren. He certainly loved you all. The obituary was very interesting; he lived a good life.

Again, my sympathy to you and the family.


Kathy Heckles

Condolence from Diane Kreitner Philbin on January 4th, 2012 4:34 pm

I was so sorry to read about your Dad’s passing. He was such a great person and I have so many fond memories of both he and your Mom.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
With my deepest sympathy,


Condolence from John J. Corcoran on January 6th, 2012 11:30 am

Dear Janice My sincere condolences on your father’s death. In reading his obituary it occurs to me that our fathers would have worked togther in the early 50’s. Your dad as head of the TB association and my dad as the Radiologist for the West Mountain Sanitarum, which cared for the TB patients. My father died in Dec 1955. Interesting thought. I have not met your dad. I believe I mentioned to you that my sister lives in Clark Summit,our family returns on thanksgiving day for the past 40+ years. Mickey and I send our love to you and Bob. I hope your health is good. Sincerely yours, John J. Corcoran

Condolence from Wendy Fralich Stewart on January 7th, 2012 8:56 pm

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed – but he will definitely be remembered. He and Jean were always a pleasure to serve in the dining room at Woodcrest Villa. I was a server there from 1993-2000 and was one of the five students that spent 2 days at Woodcrest during the blizzard of 1996. I always enjoyed talking to and spending time with them.
May the Lord be with you and your family during this time of great loss.

Wendy Fralich Stewart

Condolence from Sue-Gray Goller on January 22nd, 2012 11:51 pm

Jann, I am so sorry for your loss; it is a difficult club to join , to lose a parent. I know how much you loved your father and I hope that each day becomes easier for you.

Many hugs, Sue-Gray

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